Allergies are one of the most common health problems for pets. An allergic reaction happens when the immune system overreacts to some material such as pollen, dust, a food ingredient, or an insect bite. The immune system’s job is to protect the body from foreign and potentially infectious substances. Once these materials are detected, the immune system starts to pump out large amounts of white blood cells and histamines into the bloodstream. The results are itchy skin, runny eyes, ear infections, licking, and biting.
The best way to control these miserable allergy symptoms is to find out what your pet is allergic to; however trying to narrow down the culprit and remove it from your pet’s environment may be impossible. Luckily, there are other options to help reduce the discomfort. It might take some time to find the best treatment combination for your pet’s allergy and you may have to go through a series of trying a possible solution, waiting to see how your pet reacts to it, and moving on to another solution. The following is a list of possible treatments and how they work.
Contact us to learn more about your pets allergies or to schedule an appointment at Borrett Animal Hospital.